Morbid Curiosity: Contemplating President Trump

lavarr policy insightsOK. Admit it. Deep down, you harbor a morbid curiosity, guilty speculation, about a Donald Trump presidency. 

Sure, you can’t stand the guy. He has no moral principles or guiding ideology. He’s completely unpredictable. Who knows? He might plunge us into war or economic depression in his first six months in office.

And, by contrast, Hillary Clinton is totally predictable. She wouldn’t be a great president or take the country to the next level. But she’s rational and stable. Broad experience. She would likely move to the center after having to run hard to the left to defeat Bernie Sanders. She’ll probably work a lot better with Congress than Barack Obama ever did.

But still. Deep down, way down there where you conceal your most unruly and rebellious thoughts, you imagine that it might just be fun to see what might happen if a brash, crude, unscrupulous, narcissistic dealmaker becomes president of the United States.

A little flirting with reality TV danger . . . let the bad boy free. Stop playing it safe. Roll the dice.

Am I right? Don’t those thoughts sometimes creep in? Come on, admit it.

I must confess that once in a while, in my most vulnerable moments, such a thought has crossed my mind. I quickly stomp it back into the inner recesses of my psyche.

Because this time it ain’t TV. It’s for real. Really real. The future of the country and maybe the world hanging in the balance.

I have no idea what sort of president Donald Trump would be. No one does. I can only judge him by what he says, and by what he’s done. 

On both counts, he’s not presidential material.

Quote of the day. “Arsonists who set fire to their neighborhood run the risk of burning their own house down.”

-Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal, commenting on Ted Cruz, having frequently trashed his fellow Republicans in Congress, now lamenting the rise of Donald Trump.

Dumb idea of the day. The University of Utah, which trains petroleum engineers and receives tax dollars from Utah’s strong energy economy, considers divesting from fossil fuels.

Best assist of the day. Utah leaders attempt to mediate disputes between ranchers and federal agencies.